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If you stayed away from the lake because of the weather forecast last weekend, let that be a lesson to you. The rains and storms only came at night – and the days were perfect for boating and golf… and barbecue.  The Grand Lake BBQ festival in Langley &Saturday was a huge success, and a whole lotta fun!  The Pimps & Hoes costume party at Monkey Island Pub was probably more entertaining in terms of crowd watching, but I’m sure glad I didn’t miss music and food at the BBQ Festival before heading out forSaturday night people watching.

Can you believe it?  Here we are looking the Memorial Day holiday weekend right in the eye.  For fair-weather lakers, this is the season kick-off.  Lots of people kicked off their season during the first weekend of March; but I’m guessing everybody will be here this weekend.  And there is certainly no shortage of fun activities, parties, and live entertainment options.  If you have an hour to spend ensuring the availability of all that fun for future years, head over to Cherokee Yacht Club Saturday morning at 10:00.  There will be a short meeting informing dedicated lakers of exactly what they can do to support GRDA’s attempt to get federal permission to stop the ridiculous drawdown of our lake prior to Labor Day.  This issue is important.  We’ve been fighting it for 22 years.  Finally, with your help, we have enough ammunition to have a good chance of putting that silly and unwarranted practice to an end.


While you’re here for the holiday weekend, remember, official Lake Bum Holiday Rules are in effect.  No fighting, arguing, or trying to make a move on someone else’s date.  No puking, no politics, no religion.  Just because you think you are smarter than everyone else does not mean you have to make a fool out of yourself trying to prove it.  Be patient. All the businesses could gear up their staffs to provide quick service to huge crowds if you would come to the lake every weekend instead of three times a year.  Be kind to the people who are working so you can play…and, as always, tip well – and be safe!


This week is the end of an era – a three decade era of iconic comedy from David Letterman.  His last show is Wednesday night. Stephen Colbert takes over the Late Night seat in September.  That will be great, too.  No doubt.  But Letterman is truly one of a kind on the world of comedic genius.  He’ll be missed.

Deflategate punishment for the New England Patriots has been dished out: Tom Brady suspended for four games, the Patriots fined $1million, forced to give up first-round draft pick in 2016 and fourth round pick in 2017; and two staffers on the equipment staff have been suspended indefinitely. Apparently the NFL realized that a little air missing out of some footballs is far more serious an offense than an insignificant thing like domestic violence. #warpedpriorities


Death by wedgie?  Yep.  The confirmation of the most embarrassing obituary ever came last week when Brad Davis pleaded guilty in Shawnee, Oklahoma to first-degree manslaughter in the death of his stepfather, Denver St. Clair. The official autopsy said St. Clair died of strangulation – but the details indicate the strangulation was via the elastic waist band of St. Clair’s underwear after it was torn amidst a giant wedgie and pulled over his neck.  Only in Oklahoma.


Missouri’s Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Diehl, is not having a good week – at least not as good a time as he has apparently been having.  The former Chairman of the House Ethics Committee whose website promotes “personal responsibility” has been busted by the Kansas City Star for sexting with a freshman college student.  Apparently his wife and three sons did not approve, either.

It looks like it’s going to be a fun Presidential campaign ahead.  Republican Presidential candidates appeared at a “Freedom Summit” in South Carolina last week.  They were asked to name “the greatest living President.”  Three of them, Bobby Jindal, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump named Ronald Reagan.  Only problem is, having died in 2004, Ronald Reagan is not, of course, a living president. Oops.


BEST FACEBOOK POST SEEN THIS WEEK: Just so you know… the proper skirt length is two inches below your cellulite.


NEW ACCESSIBLE-BY-WATER OPTIONS: Island Joe’s Kentena at Shangri-La Marina is now open 6 days a week from 11:00 a.m. (closed Tuesdays). A new restaurant operation will be cranking up soon at Red Arrow Marina (with Mexican food by the Montez family). No food or liquor yet this weekend, but they’ll be open with plenty of beer if you’d like to look around.

GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Paula Silzer, Kevin Blumenthal, Debbie Hess, Vicki Graper, Edward Gibbs, Todd Mlnarik, Jim Richie, Ron Tipton, Pam Jackson, Barbara Townsend, Gus Russell, Tina Ohlstrom, and Cheryl Ayer.


UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Are you breaking the law if you drive past those road signs that say “do not pass”?


BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Thursday, GRDA CEO Dan Sullivan will address the South Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce meeting at 11:30 at the Ecosystems Center in Langley regarding support for the GRDA filing with FERC to not drop the lake level during boating season.  Saturday morning at 10:00, there will be a public meeting on the same subject at Cherokee Yacht Club.  If you care about the future of the lake, attend one of those meetings. Saturday and Sunday, there’s “A Salute to Charlie Chaplain” with Dennis James on the Mighty Wurlitzer at the Coleman Theatre in Miami (7:30 Saturday night and 2:30 Sundayafternoon).If you’re a diehard music buff, it’s Rocklahoma weekend in Pryor, Friday-Sunday. Other than that, it’s Memorial Weekend on Grand Lake.  If you can’t find a major event everywhere you go, you’re going to the wrong places!


GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: As always, there are great live entertainment options around the lake.  On Monkey Island, there’s always dancing music at the Road Hog Saloon, Monkey Island Pub, Island Joe’s Kentena and Big Shots Rhythm & Booze. Terry Hollingsworth entertains at Island Joe’s Friday night, with Diversity taking the stage Saturday night. Sunday night features Too Mothers Left, with Randy Lunsford wrapping up the entertainment at Island Joe’s Monday afternoon.Randy Lunsford is also entertaining evenings this weekend at The Shebang – plus, there’s karaoke on the Balcony Bar at The Shebang FridaySaturday and Sunday nights.

On South Grand Lake, there’s always great music at Pickles at the Lake, as well as Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina. Mike Barham & Honky Tonk Prophets will be performing at Sharky’s Friday night.

If you’re in the Grove area, Western Justice will perform Friday and Saturday nights at J.R. Spanky’s (Highway 10 Northeast of Grove).

Area casinos have great entertainment choices this weekend, too. Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill, The Sex will perform both Friday and Saturday nights. At Downstream Casino, Joe Nichols will be in concert at The Pavilion (doors open at7:00). The ABS Band will perform Friday night in Legends Sports Bar, with The Bobby D Band taking the same stage Saturdaynight. Kenny Babb will entertain with his solo piano performance in the Lover’s Leap Lounge both Friday and Saturday nights. At Indigo Sky Casinothere is live entertainment in the Echo Bar beginning with Eddie Valen Thursday night. The Dirty Saints take the stage on Friday night, with an encore performance Saturday night! At Grand Lake Casino, there’s a big Rock ‘n Rib Memorial Day celebration Sunday with live music by Lickitty Split from 1:00-4:00 p.m. If comedy is your thing, Daryl Wright will be on stage bothFriday and Saturday nights at the Loony Saloon Comedy Club at The Stables Casino with special guest Owen Thomas.

The best spots to catch NBA playoffs, along with PGA, Stanley Cup and NASCAR action are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Island Joe’s Kentena at Shangri-La Marina, Road Hog Saloon, Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club, Pickles at the Lake in Langley and J.R. Spanky’s northeast of Grove.  Enjoy!


BUM MUST-SEE TV: Mid-America Industrial Park’s Living Grand on Grand Lake airs Friday nights at 6:30 on RSU-TV.


BUM MUST-SEE MOVIE: Tomorrowland and Pitch Perfect 2


QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “I worry that our nation’s obsession with something as trivial as deflated balls in the NFL is distracting us from the fact that American Idol is ending.” – Andy Borowitz


SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, June 6 – Home of Hope Admirals Banquet at Cherokee Yacht Club. Saturday, June 6 – Members Appreciation Party at Shangri-La Golf Club. Sunday, June 7 – Puck the Pelican Golf Tournament at Patricia Island Golf Club benefiting The Playmakers in Grove. Thursday-Saturday, June 11-13 – American Heritage Music Festival in Grove. Saturday, June 13 – World’s Largest Calf Fry & Cook-Off at the America Legion Rodeo Grounds in Vinita. Saturday, June 13 – Annual Gala Under the Starts at Hangar #21, South Grand Lake Regional Airport, at 6:30 (reservations required) sponsored by Girlfriends of the Airport. Saturday, June 20 – Pontoon Rally in Splash Bash Alley (Ketchum Cove). Saturday-Sunday, June 20-21 – Thunder at Wolf Creek Boat Races.  Sunday, June 21 – Happy Father’s Day! Friday, June 26 – Grove Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament at Patricia Island Golf Club. Friday, June 26 – Duck Creek Fireworks Spark Plug Dinner at Arrowhead Yacht Club.


If you like basketball, this is a good week for you. NBA playoff action continues every day this week as we move into Conference Championship play.  Coverage is on TNT, ESPN, and ABC. Check your listings. On the PGA Tour, it’s time for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.  Coverage is on the Golf Channel beginning at 3:00 Thursday & Friday, and at noon Saturday and Sunday. CBS has coverage of the final two rounds beginning at 2:00 Saturday & Sunday.

NASCAR’s big kids are in Charlotte again this week.  Coverage of the Coca Cola 600 begins Sunday afternoon at 5:00 on Fox; and this is the week people watch auto racing even if they don’t like it.  The Indianapolis 500 is Sunday at noon on ABC.


The weather for the Memorial Holiday Weekend looks pretty good – certainly better than the past couple of weeks! There might be a few showers here and there, but there will be sunshine, as well – and nobody will get hot & sweaty, because highs will be in the comfortable mid-70s. Nighttime outdoor fund will be fine, too, with lows in the mid-60s. There’s plenty happening this weekend, but remember - wherever you choose to party around the lake, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me. And, hey… be careful out there.



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Looking for places to go, things to do, services to use or property to buy in the Grand Lake area?  Here’s a starter kit listing of “open to the public” fun places to spend time at Grand Lake.


American Grill in Grove

Aquabar & Grill at The Landings Marina on Monkey Island (smoking on the deck)

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley (smoking in the bar)

Big Shots on Monkey Island (smoking upstairs—open Friday & Saturday nights)

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Boon Docks (on Monkey Island)

Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patios)

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chicken Coop in Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

Frosty & Edna’s (west of the dam in Langley)

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

Grand Lake Casino, north of Grove on Highway 10 (smoking)

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (smoking)

Iron Frog (Grove)

Island Joe's Kentena at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)

J.R. Spanky's on Highway 10 north of Grove (smoking)

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

Kelly’s Bar & Deli at Red Arrow Marina

La Casita de Martin in Grove

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney (smoking, etc.)

Morrows Landing in Raper Hollow

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

Book ‘ems Restaurant & Pub at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Pensacola Pizza & Pasta in Langley  (smoking on patio only)

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

Quarterdeck Cafe at Tera Miranda Harbor (smoking on the deck)

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Riggs & Company in Langley

Road Hog Saloon at the entrance to Monkey Island (smoking...but not at lunch)

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

Smokin’ Spur BBQ & Trading Post at Old Towne Plaza, Cleora

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

Summerside Winery in Vinita

Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

The Landings Market and Grill on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Parrot at Honey Creek Landing in Grove (Smoking on the patio)

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

The Shebang on Monkey Island (smoking on patio and Balcony Bar)

Trail’s End Barbecue in Grove

Ugly’s Grill & Bar, Thunder Bay Marina (smoking)

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

Waterway Café, Harbors View Marina (smoking on breakwater dining deck)

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)